If you're looking to create a healthier lifestyle for yourself, beginning to meal prep is a great start. Like a lot of things meal prepping gets easier the more often you do it, but sometimes starting out is the hardest thing. We've come up with some great tips for beginners to help get the ball rolling.
1. Pick a day
‘Meal prep Sundays’ is a real thing guys. Well it doesn't have to be Sunday but you get the point. Choose a day that you have ample free time so you're not rushing through the process. You want enough time to allow for shopping, cooking and cleaning (trust me the cleaning takes a while). Once you've chosen a day, stick to it and do your prep on that day every week. This way you'll always have healthy food ready and you won't be making sneaky lunch orders.
3. Know your calories/macros
Before you start cooking, shopping or even thinking about what delicious food you want to cook for the week, you have to figure out how much you need to be eating. See this article to know how to calculate your calories and macros. Once you've figured this out, you can then tailor your meal prep around hitting these numbers. Don't worry about getting them exactly perfect, they are just a guide as to what you should be consuming overall for the week. Using an app such as MyFitnessPal can help with tracking macros and will make calculating everything you need for your meal prep a lot easier.
4. Leave enough time
5. Prep everything first
Honestly I can't stress this enough. Unpack your shopping bags, organise everything you need then prep all your vegetables and meat (seriously do it all, not just for one particular dish). Only once you've finished prepping everything should you start actually cooking.
6. Learn to multitask